Nov 23, 2015

Defining your photography style {Beginning Photography series}

I'm just gonna say upfront- that this is a hard one.
It took me until this year to actually put into words my style. It took awhile for several reasons. One of them having to be that I had no idea what I was doing with a camera and didn't know what kind of picture I wanted to take. I just scoped Pinterest out for ideas and poses. I strongly advise against this- unless you know what you're looking for.

I started following photography blogs in 2012. When I went out on photo shoots, I tried to mimic my favorite photographers style. Until this year, I finally found the name for the style of photography I prefer~
ARTISTIC.

Please read this article by The Knot- they put more into words of each style better than I.
So, which one of The Knot categories do you fall into?

Great! So now you have found a style that you prefer!

Now lets get into the defining part...
Not everyone is going to understand your style. Not everyone is going to like it.
But that's ok.
I am an artistic photographer who only edits with film presets. Period.
I started my business with people who only viewed me as a girl with a camera. I didn't have my style yet, or a brand that would attract people. But when I started to define my style, I was still viewed as the girl with a camera.
It takes diligence. Keep going after what you like.
Eventually it will pay off.
The other day, I had an engagement session and the couple adored MY STYLE.

When you have defined your style, people will come to you because they are attracted to it.
Those are the clients you want to attract.
If you have a camera and no style, people will come to you because you know how to take a clear picture.
Defining your style is VITAL to your business!

It will take time. Your style will change. You will grow, and your business will grow with you.
Be patient with yourself. And keep moving forward.

HOMEWORK
Ok lets get into the nitty gritty.
Your homework! Yay!
List your three favorite photographers, and try to match their style to The Knot's list of styles.
Pick out your favorite images you have taken, and analyze what you like about them.
Snag a friend and do a photo shoot- implementing what you have learned into the shoot.

Lemme know how it goes! Oh, and if you blog your photo shoot, leave a link to it below- I'd love to see it!

Hope this helps a little bit!
xx Morg
p.s there are more styles to photography then the ones The Knot has listed. The Knot has created a basic outline which I found extremely helpful.

Nov 21, 2015

my room

my bird collection
a peek at the succulent collection in my windowsill. 
my art wall. my drawings, dreamcatchers and pictures hang there. along with magazine clippings, drawings and notes from friends, flower crowns made and worn from the summer, and glow sticks worn on 4th of July. 
Polaroid's collected through the year.
 drawings that have usually been done in the presence of friends
a few of my succulents sit on my desk.
my great grandmothers bed.
more artwork.
happy saturday!
xx morg

Nov 20, 2015

How to make poses look more natural ||VLOG|| {Beginning Photography series}

Hi guys!
Here is another question I was asked~

 Any go-to poses or ideas for natural looking ones?

 I made a quick Vlog on how to achieve more natural looking photos. 




Here are a few poses I usually always go for~
Hope this helps!
Next Monday I will be talking about how to define your photography style!
xx Morg

Nov 16, 2015

Which camera should you buy? {Beginning Photography Series}

Hi guys!
First off, I just want to say THANK YOU for the questions I received from my last post.
I wanted to start off with this one~

Camera pricing, what kind of cameras you recommend with current prices?

Great question! And one I should definitely start with first.

My first camera was a Nikon d3100. I definitely would recommend it as a beginner camera.
Something I really like about it, is the fact that you can see the shutter opening and closing.
Watch the following video~



I also shot with the Canon Rebel T3. I liked that one too, but not as much as my Nikon.
I shoot with Canon now, and I see the differences between Canon & Nikon.

Nikon is very sharp, and gritty. You see more pores/skin blemishes with Nikon.


Canon focuses more on smooth and bright colors. Also, smoother skin tones.


So basically, whichever is your preference. If you're wanting to do more nature/outdoor photography, I would suggest Nikon.
If you're doing more people photography, I'd suggest Canon.
Of course, Nikon and Canon are not your only options. I have friends who have shot with Pentax, as well as Sony. I am not very familiar with those brands, but by looking at their photography I think they are more similar to Canon.


 For some reason, the Nikon d3100 says it has been discontinued. I'm not sure what all that is about....
The Canon Rebel T2i was very popular in "my day". I think it might be one of the best rebels. One of my favorite photographers used this camera in her early days.  However, Canon has made several new rebels since then.

JUST MAKE SURE YOU DON'T ACCIDENTALLY BUY BODY ONLY. UNLESS YOU ALREADY HAVE A LENS.

If you're caught between a Canon and Nikon camera, I would suggest using this website to help you see the comparisons.

I hope this helps a little bit!

xx Morg
p.s I'd also like to note that it is REALLY hard (almost impossible in my case) to get that awesome rainbow lens flair with the Nikon d3100. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it. Canon captures much bigger and much prettier lens flairs.

Nov 13, 2015

Photography 101 (haha jk, but maybe)

Hi, y'all!
Lately I've been thinking a lot about sharing my experiences and what I've learned with beginner photographers. I just want to say upfront- I AM NOT THE GURU OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
I still have lots and lots to learn. But I can say, after having my business for the past three years, and getting more and more busy with it, I have learned enough to get you going.

I have been trying to figure out how to share/help others with this. I've had the idea of starting a youtube channel/ weekly blog posts, but I need some questions! There is so much involved with photography it's hard for me to pick ONE thing to start with. I'm trying to remember what I needed to learn first when I opened my Nikon d3100 for the first time. The answer; EVERYTHING. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of learning I needed.
I'm thankful that God helped me (in SO, SO, SO many ways) and I'm thankful He helped me push through the struggles of getting to where I am today- still not exactly where I want to be, but GOING there.

So, beginner photographers, I need your help! What is something you are struggling with? What do you want to learn about? Ask anything and everything, and I will try my best to help you.

Thanks, guys! Looking forward to hearing from you~
^^Special thanks to Peak Photography^^
xx Morg

Nov 10, 2015